This day is celebrated in honor of the birthday of Lord Mahavira, who spread the Jainism religion and philosophy in India in the 6th century B.C.
Mahavira was the last of the 24 Tirthankars, or "ford makers," whose teachings form the basis of
Shubun-sai, or Equinox Day, is a national holiday in Japan with close links to Buddhism.
The equinox is a time to celebrate spring, nature and new life.
It is also a day for visiting the graves of loved ones and remembering ancestors.
We like to flippantly refer to good karma and bad karma, but is there any truth in karma? What is karma? Can I change my karma?
My search for answers to these questions has provided me with interesting information. For example, I have always thought of karma as Buddhism or something that is unique to Buddhism. Since I am not an expert on this philosophy, I have kind of left it there.
But important things tend to come back to us time and again (karma?), and my curiosity was stimulated to the extent that I did some reading about Buddhism and karma. And guess what? I discovered that the same concept is expressed in many diverse sources, including Buddhist texts.